Ingrid Bergman desperately wanted to get out of making Casablanca. So did Humphrey Bogart. Nobody knew that Casablanca was going to end up spanning decades and lasting … At the time, it was just another movie, being churned out by the studio. No big deal, nothing special.
Bergman was convinced she was miscast.
She and Bogart had lunch together before they started shooting – and Geraldine Fitzgerald (a wonderful actress, also under contract at Warner Brothers) sat with them.
Fitzgerald describes Bogart’s concern and anxiety about the lack of an ending in the script.
And Bergman kept saying, “I am miscast. Why doesn’t anyone care that I am so miscast? The script says: ‘We have never had a woman so beautiful come to Casablanca‘ But I look like a milkmaid. No one will ever believe it.”